Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller announced Thursday that he is retiring from the NHL at the end of the 2020-21 season. The 40-year old said in a statement that he has been given more time doing what he loved than he could have hoped for.
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The Ducks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night. Miller only has the rest of the regular season left. So far for the Ducks this season, Miller is 3-8 with a .882 save percentage and a 3.60 goals-against average.
Ryan Miller to Retire
Ryan Miller will retire the all-time leader among U.S. goaltenders in wins (390), second in shutouts (44) and games played (794). He is the only player to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender (2010), Most Valuable Player at the Winter Olympics (2014) and the Hobey Baker for the NCAA’s best player (2001).
“It was a dream come true when I played my first NHL game and it has been a privilege to spend 18 years as a professional,” Miller said in a statement released through the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. “I have decided that I am going to retire after the season having been given more time doing what I love than I could ever have hoped for. Thank you to you my teammates and staff, past and present. I’m thankful to so many who made my career possible and helped me on my journey from youth hockey to the NHL. Thank you to my family for supporting me with so much love and enthusiasm.”
He was first drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 5th round, 138th overall, in the 1999 NHL Draft. Over his 18-year career, he has played for the Sabres, the St. Louis Blues, the Vancouver Canucks and the Ducks. He spent parts of 11 seasons as a Sabre before the Sabres traded him to the Blues in 2014. After the 2013-14 season, he signed as a free agent with the Canucks. He played there until after the 2016-17 season when he signed as a free agent with the Ducks.
In 794 NHL games, Miller has a 390-289-87 record, a .914 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average. He has made 21,621 saves.
Miller will retire without a Stanley Cup. The closest he got was when he and the Sabres made the conference finals in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In 57 career playoff games, Miller has a 28-27 record, a .913 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.
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